10 Fun and Healthy(ish) Halloween Treats for Kids
It's almost time to break out the fake blood and plastic Dracula teeth for our favorite scary holiday. For most of us, aside from the spooky costumes, Halloween is all about the treats. While we happily endorse the consumption of candy this time of year, too much sugar isn't all that sweet for your health, especially when it comes to children. So this year, why not get the kids in the kitchen and create your own sinfully saccharine delights. The trick for getting kids to eat healthy is to make it look so seriously fun and cool that they can't possibly resist. While some of the recipes included below do contain sugar—which you can swap with healthier alternatives—we think treats made with love in your own kitchen are always healthier than the store-bought variety. Scroll down for a few clever and creepy recipe ideas to make Halloween fun (and healthy-ish).
These chocolate energy bites dressed up like bats and they are the perfect healthy disguise for Halloween. It's a super nutritious and delicious mix of peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and cocoa powder with oats and Rice Krispies cereal. This one calls for chocolate chips, but you can add those at your own discretion. The wings are made from broken blue tortilla chips. So. Dang. Adorable!
If you're ready to be a little more adventurous with your baking, try these cute and creepy spider cookies. The homemade cookie dough sounds delicious, but you can half the butter or swap out the sugar for healthier alternatives like brown rice syrup if you wish. These look so delicious that not even the adults will be able to resist.
If you aren't a pro in the kitchen, don't stress. It's possible to make cool holiday treats without the fuss. We love these amazing mummy hot dog treats that only require three ingredients: hot dogs, puff pastry, and mustard. Or maybe four, since your kids might want to dip them in some ketchup.
If you're a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, these Jack Skellington cookies will bring the Halloween cheer to your household. There is a little skill required when making the faces on top of these cookies, but even if they don't end up looking like the real thing, they messier they are, the creepier they look, which is kinda perfect for Halloween anyway.
While this one looks like it's the unhealthiest treat of the bunch, it's actually a trick. These witchy cupcakes are completely vegan, made with spelt flour, soy milk, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. The green mint cream is made from coconut cream, and the chocolate buttercream is actually vegan butter with mint extract. But health concerns aside, these will definitely be the most talked-about treat at the spooky party.